Vax success as genital warts incidence in girls drops 90%

The research, led by the University of New South Wales and carried out in collaboration with the University of Sydney, was based on hospital admissions between 1999 and 2011 that involved a diagnosis of genital warts.

They found there was a 90% overall reduction in hospital admissions between 2006–07 and 2010–11 among girls aged 12–17 years. There was a 73% decrease among women aged 18–26 years.

And the vaccine appeared to have an indirect protective effect among young men aged 18–26 years, with a 38% drop in genital warts cases requiring hospital admission.

“This is a fantastic outcome,” senior author of the paper, Associate Professor Karen Canfell, from UNSW’s Lowy Cancer Research Centre said.

Reductions were similar for Indigenous (87%) and non-Indigenous females (76%) aged 15–24 years. 

“This is the first time we’ve been able to examine the impact of the